An inmate at the Federal Prison Camp at Marion, allegedly involved with two carjackings in Mount Vernon,
appeared yesterday for arraignment in United States District Court in Benton on charges that he escaped from the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that 55-year oldDavid John Pederson was charged by a Federal Grand Jury on May 9th with leaving the extended limits of his confinement while on an unescorted transfer from FPC-Marion to a half-way house in Council Bluff, Iowa .
This conduct, under Federal law, is deemed an escape. The indictment alleged that the offense occurred on March 26, 2013 in Jefferson County .At the time of the escape, Pederson was serving a 71 month sentence from the Southern District of Iowa for bank robbery.
If convicted of the escape offense, Pederson faces up to an additional five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release to follow his incarceration.
Following his arraignment, Pederson was ordered held without bond and was returned to the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections, where he is serving a 20 year sentence for aggravated vehicular hijacking, to await further proceedings.The case was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service with the assistance of the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.